MANCHESTER City are moving closer to finally agreeing a deal to sign long-term target Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City.
According to Algerian news site Le Buteur, a move for the talented winger is closer than ever with reports suggesting the deal could be completed this week.
It adds another chapter to the Mahrez transfer saga with the player keen to switch life at the King Power Stadium for playing with the current Premier League champions.
Earlier this week, reports suggested Man City were prepared to pull the plug on the deal due to Leicester’s excessive financial demands.
The Midlands club were believed to be asking for £75million plus youngster Patrick Roberts as a replacement.
But with attacking midfielder James Maddison signing from Norwich City on Wednesday, Roberts is no longer required and the fee has dropped to £65m.
Mahrez has repeatedly made clear his intention is to move to the Etihad and in January he received a huge fine from the club after showing his displeasure that a move had failed to materialise.
Leicester officials are said to have again reassured the player that a move was in place with negotiations progressing well and a final agreement not far away.
As well as signing Maddison, the Foxes are looking at further replacements for Mahrez with Norwegian winger Mohamed Elyounoussi also on their radar.
The 23-year-old scored in Basel’s 2-1 win Champions League win over Manchester City in March and is also attracting attention from Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.